• Active voting fellows and members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology are encouraged to participate in the annual election for offices and trustees-at-large on the Board of Trustees and for proposed amendments to the Academy’s governance documents. The election occurs each fall following the Annual Business Meeting and votes may be cast by mail or electronically by voting members in good standing.

    Board Nominations:

    In accordance with Academy bylaws, notice is hereby given of the following nominations for board positions on the 2020 Board of Trustees. These nominations were approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on June 22. If elected, the following individuals will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2020. 

    President-Elect: Tamara R. Fountain, MD

    Senior Secretary for Ophthalmic Practice: Ravi D. Goel, MD

    Secretary for Annual Meeting: Maria M. Aaron, MD

    Trustee-at-Large: Mary Louise Z. Collins, MD

    Trustee-at-Large: Ron W. Pelton, MD, PhD

    Council Chair: Sarwat Salim, MD, FACS

    Council Vice Chair: Thomas A. Graul, MD

    Proposed Amendments to the Code of Ethics

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Trustees recommends the following proposed amendments to the Academy's Code of Ethics for consideration and adoption by voting fellows and members via official hybrid (mail and online) ballot to be sent following the Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at the Moscone Convention Center:  

    Code of Ethics Rule B3: Amends Rule B3 to more specifically define the ethical responsibilities of ophthalmic researchers in order to advance the best interests of patients.

    Code of Ethics NEW Rule B18: This new Rule addresses harassment and discrimination as inconsistent with the ideals and principles of ethics in ophthalmology.

    Read the full language in in the Academy's Blog.

    Nomination Procedures for Academy Board:

    The general nomination deadline for the 2020 Board of Trustees closed on Jan. 31, 2019. To nominate a candidate by petition, a written petition to the Academy's CEO must be submitted no later than Aug. 14, 2019. The petition must be signed by at least 50 voting Academy members and fellows.

    To suggest a nominee for the 2021 board, information will be available on this website beginning in late October 2019. 

    Who Can Vote?

    Only Active Fellows, Active Osteopathic Fellows, Life Fellows, Life Osteopathic Fellows, Active Members and Life Members are eligible to vote in Academy elections. 

    Vote Online

    Voting fellows and members who have not voted electronically in previous elections will receive an online opt-in email in the early Fall. Those who choose to opt-in to the online ballot or who have voted online in previous elections, will receive their electronic voting materials via email on Oct. 14, 2019. Emails will be sent to the email address listed in the Academy's membership database.